Wednesday, 4 July 2012

More of Harper's Warped View of Democracy.

According to a news item that quotes Minister of State for Francophonie Bernard Valcourt:
No reason to boycott the Francophone Summit, said Minister Valcourt to The Associated Press. According to him, the Congolese people could benefit from the presence of foreigners in its country.
Unless of course, these visitors are present to ensure that women and children violated during war and armed conflicts have their human and legal rights respected.

The Harper government trashed and scrapped the Canadian NGO Rights and Democracy, not before hounding its director Remy Beauregard to death and grinding its projects into the dust, including Monitoring the Work of International Criminal Bodies in Pursuing Crimes of Sexual Violence Committed During Armed Conflicts in Africa.

From here:
Even before war erupted in the Congo, women and girls were treated as second-class citizens. Both the law and social norms of the country define the woman's role as that of a person who is subordinate to men. Although women are often one of the main - if not the main - source of support within the family, the Congolese Family Code dictates that women must obey their husband, the recognized head of the household. The country's customs and practices also regard women and girls as subordinates.

In the past few years, brutality against civilians, and sexual violence in particular, have constituted an integral part of the war in the Congo. The various armed groups involved in acts of sexual violence against women and girls continue to be rewarded for their crimes by both their leaders and their powerful allies.

According to the activists, the situation of rape victims is exacerbated by the stigma attached to the violence they have suffered. In many cases, these women and children are ostracized and relegated to the margins of society.

The violence perpetrated against women comes in many forms, including assassination, massacre, rape, sexual slavery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, enrolment of young girls in the combatant forces, forced prostitution, etc. Women's organizations have estimated that, at the height of the war, 100 women were raped each month in the sole region of South Kivu, the epicentre of the armed conflict.

Needless to say, the victims of gender-based violence undergo extreme suffering as a result of the psychological damage and physical injuries inflicted upon them, in addition to having to deal with society's rejection of them. But how can we measure the extent of this problem? We can't, according to Lysette Banza, who points out that "most female victims of rape prefer to keep silent in order to avoid being cast out of society or singled out. This explains the existence of a dark figure in relation to the official statistics on women who have been raped."

In view of this, human rights organizations have undertaken to conduct studies aimed at assessing the scope of the problem and to propose possible avenue of solutions, while identifying those responsible.
Thus Stephen Harper will attend Le Sommet de la francophonie in the DRC, and will be treated lavishly will all the fawning and attendant largesse that one tinpot dictator can expect, in such a *democratic* environment.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves to the crowd following his speech on election night in Calgary. Harper won his coveted majority government.

Given PMSHithead's own triumphant and CONtemptuous defilement of democratic traditions and practices in Canada, it is only fitting.


Pseudz said...

What choir could he possibly be singing to with this? He embarrasses Canada wherever he goes. Loathed at home and shunned abroad. He tries to spin degradation as elevation, fealty as respect, and starvation as stability. He's on his way out and he's targeted Africa as his legacy with some kind of chalk drawing of statesmanship. And this will be used as some kind of 'shiny-thing' stalking horse for more legislative crap from his coterie of student council rejects. This is a feel-good campaign for . . . ? Bullshit!

This will actually be another PROD moment for the Canadian electorate. Bend over.


Erase all that this waste of food has done.

I hate that I despise him so . . . but there it is. We've allowed this travesty. I feel very ashamed.

fern hill said...

Interesting point, Pseudz. Hate, despise.

I don't think I hated Mulroney. He made me cringe, but hate? No.

I might have hated Reagan. Can't remember. I do remember thinking that he killed progressivism.

Harper. Yup. Hate. Despise. Loathe.

Am I ashamed? Nope. You reap what you sow. And that bastard has sown hate and loathing.

Anonymous said...

Same here - I have never before hated a Prime Minister (or any of our leaders in fact), even when I disagreed with their policies.

Harper is a monster, a sick, twisted weirdo with hidden motives. I don't care what they are - I just want him gone from my country.


deBeauxOs said...

Canadians may be slow on the uptake, but many people are starting to think these CONs and their leader are not only venal and mendacious, but also exhibiting some basic mental health problems that are frightening, inasmuch as they're running the country.

Unknown said...

I hate the whole contemptuous conservative caucus i wish them all a plane crash and that's a horrible thing to feel about another human being, but there it is.

Anonymous said...

What I hate more than anything is that Harper has taught me hate. I never hated before. I hate that conservatives with integrity have either left his "gov't" or been turfed out by him.I hate what he's done emotionally and psychologically to the scientists and other civil servants by telling them to shut up. They're not his children, for whom I feel nothing but sympathy. Harper is just an abuser - of people, of the environment, of all Canadians, of democratic institutions e.g.Parliament, I hate that he is arranging to destroy Canada physically. People live & die, and the human race will carry on. BUT, once he's killed every critter, fish & tree, poisoned the air & water, it can't come back. Hate is what he puts out & that's what he gets back. I have no words to describe this "thing".

Pseudz said...

Let's write a letter to the Queen - - he's her minister . . . and he's pooping on HER carpet.

Dear Regina,

Please pull the plug on this gov't . . . etc. Please send the Harriers, the Corgies, and ample Boodles.

Respectfully yours,

Teaming huddled masses of Canada

OR . . .

New Party, New Party.

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